DENVER: THE FIRST VIEWS
What did our city look like in the 19th century?
In the 1800s, printed views were the only way most Americans could imagine what far-away places of The West looked like. Within a few months of Denver’s founding in 1858, images of the vibrant frontier settlement emerged in newspapers, guide books and prints intended for display. They are the first views of the city. Often drawn first-hand on the spot, these early prints depicted the landscape, buildings and daily life of the time.
Learn about these fascinating antique prints from Christopher W. Lane, a print and map expert who has appraised them on PBS’s "Antiques Roadshow" since 1997.
Chris has a BA in philosophy from Trinity College in Connecticut; an MA from Oriel College, Oxford University in England and is a veteran of 33 years in the business of antique prints. He is co-owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop in Pennsylvania and opened a Denver branch, The Philadelphia Print Shop West in Cherry Creek North, in 2010.
Chris is the author of several books, including "Panorama of Pittsburgh," which won the Ewell Newman Award. His writes frequently for publication and lectures all over the world on topics such as Currier & Ives, antique maps and historical prints. Since arriving in Denver, Chris has made the history of western maps and prints a particular focus.
Meet Chris, see delightful early prints and maps and learn how pioneer artists depicted Denver. Refreshments will be provided. The first 50 people to sign up will be entered in a drawing to receive his book, "The A to Z of Antique Prints & Maps." (Must be present to win.)